Omar Sharif Knife Crime Workshops

Omar Sharif Knife Crime Workshops


Omar Sharif last visited us in January to share his story of involvement with gangs and knife crime. After seeing friends go to prison and others tragically die, Omar turned his life around. He won a Pride of Britain award and now works as an inspirational speaker. 

Students in years 8, 9 and 10 had workshops with Omar today (2nd December) via Zoom, where they took away key messages about knife and gun crime, county lines and managing our emotions in a positive way. 

Omar is a fantastic role model and motivated our students to consider how they can find ways to cope with pressure and achieve their best. 

Carisbrooke Copse – reducing our carbon footprint

Carisbrooke Copse – Reducing our Carbon Footprint


Our students have committed to improving their carbon footprint over the next 5 years by planting at least 600 trees.

This term, students have planted 120 silver birch trees; the first phase in their 5-year project to plant at least 600 trees on site.

Last year, the school’s Student Council agreed that they wanted to do something to help fight climate change and reduce the school’s carbon footprint. They came up with a plan to plant 120 trees at the start of the school year for the next 5 years. The new year 7 students each year will learn about the importance of planting more trees in the world and the total number of trees planted will eventually represent the 600 children in the school’s population.

As trees grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide emissions that are driving global warming. The 600 trees at the school will absorb approximately 60 tonnes of CO2!

The 120 silver birch trees have been planted at the front of the school to form “Carisbrooke Copse”. Not only are the trees generally good for the environment, they enhance the area’s natural aesthetics, benefiting everyone in the local community.


Virtual Open Evening Video

Year 6 Virtual Open Evening


The Carisbrooke College Open Evening has gone online! Join staff and students from Carisbrooke College for a tour of our fantastic school and pop into some of the classrooms to hear them talk about the wonderful subjects we offer. Hopefully from watching this video you will get a little flavour of the wonderful learning community we have here.

Please also take a look at our Year 6 Information Hub for more information about Carisbrooke College and how to apply to join us in September 2021. 

Year 6 Information Hub

GCSE Results 2020

GCSE Results 2020


The Isle of Wight Education Federation Governors, Leadership and staff would like to commend the Year 11 students from both Carisbrooke College and Medina College for their resilience and understanding over what has been an unusual and uncertain end to the final year of this stage of their education. The students may not have taken exams, but we all recognise and celebrate their hard work and commitment over a period of years which has attributed to the grades that they have received today.

We know that a large amount of students will be continuing their studies with us at The Island VI Form and very much look forward to working with them to further their education in a more independent way. Any student from across the Island who is still undecided on their next step but would be interested in joining The Island VI Form can complete an application form which can be found on our website. Being the only VI Form on the Island with a dedicated site just for our VI Form students does make us unique.

Matthew Parr-Burman, Executive Headteacher for the Isle of Wight Education Federation said “I am extremely proud of the students from both schools and wish them every success in the next stage of their lives. I would also like to acknowledge the immense amount of hard work and integrity that the staff have displayed during this challenging time. I am confident that the Centre Assessed Grades are an accurate reflection of what the students would have achieved under normal circumstances.”

USA Trip 2020

USA Trip 2020


33 Humanities students from year 9 and 10 at Carisbrooke College attended a week-long trip to the USA from 6th-12th February 2020. The aim of the trip was to take students beyond the classroom, to inspire them and to give them an unforgettable learning experience. Students saw the reality of modern day living in one of the most populated cities in the world and got to visit historical monuments and buildings throughout New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC.

Despite leaving at 11pm in order to catch a morning flight from Heathrow, the students got stuck in from the moment they landed. Staying in a hotel on Manhattan Island allowed for easy access to all the great sites. They started with a trip to Times Square where they ate dinner then watched a professional basketball game between the New York Knicks and Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden.

During the following two days they visited the UN Building, the Rockefeller Centre, the Empire State Building, Central Park, New York Public Library, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, 9/11 Museum and even fit in a trip to Broadway to watch the Phantom of the Opera. Following the stay in New York they travelled to Philadelphia where students visited the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. They followed this with a memorable run up the famous Rocky Steps that lead to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The final two days were spent in Washington DC where students visited the Capitol Building and then had a 5 hour whistle-stop tour of the main sites; including the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr Memorial, White House, World War 2 Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial and the Korean War Memorial. On the final day, students were also treated to a trip up the Washington Monument which was extra special as it has been closed for a number of years.

Students were permitted some free time to experience shopping on Fifth Avenue in New York and at the Smithsonian Museums in Washington DC.

Overall, this amazing trip gave students a unique insight into how the history of what is a relatively young country has shaped their culture and way of life. Trip Leader, Michael Peake, said “All 33 students were a credit to Carisbrooke College and it was inspiring to see how they bonded and supported each other throughout their time away. Despite having long days and much walking to the attractions, they kept going with a positive attitude and really engaged with the people they met. I was especially proud of the way they responded very maturely to an individual who wanted to make his opinions very clear to Donald Trump at the White House! This was absolutely a trip of a lifetime which students and staff will never forget.”